The confusing phenomena of post-finals stress

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The confusing phenomena of post-finals stress

Throughout the tireless slog of finals week, nothing sounds better than the idea of relaxing and doing nothing during spring break.

Students look for any excuse to distract themselves from their studies ‘ they count the minutes until their last finals are over and fantasize about the relief of finally taking a seat on a plane headed home or to an exciting vacation location.

However, once free from the oppressive grip of that last final, the many students who don’t have fancy travel plans or jobs to keep them busy simply don’t know what to do with the nine days, or 777,600 seconds, of free time that has just been thrown into their laps.

Here is a look at why many students probably cannot wait to return to the pressure and strain of studying for midterms and finals.

Students think about their free time as an economic good: when they don’t have much of it, its value skyrockets, and when they have it in abundance, it’s worthless because it simply can’t all be filled. In the midst of the chaotic finals-cramming sessions, a stressed out, sleep-deprived student with a sore back will find any number of reasons to take a break from hunching over their laptop and textbooks to move around. With only eight hours to go until their hardest final, a student might suddenly think it is a good idea to get groceries, do their laundry, repot a plant or watch a movie, just as a way to give their brain a rest and to temporarily break free from their academic obligations.

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9 Brain Fog Remedies That Are Actually Backed Up By Science

If you’ve ever wandered through life feeling like you’re under water, brain fog might be to blame. Anxiety, depression, chronic pain, poor diet, lack of sleep, and more can disrupt your inability to think and make you feel disorganized and forgetful. The good news is that there are some brain fog remedies that are backed up by science that can help you effectively clear the cobwebs from your head and regain some mental clarity. If you’re not sure what brain fog is, Dr. Michael Lam’s blog describes it as, "A feeling of mental confusion … It’s as if there is a loss of focus, and a sensation of ‘so close and yet so far.’ The term ‘fog’ is used because it feels as if a cloud comes over your thought process [and] reduces your ability to think clearly."

You’re probably tired of being told to get more sleep because, frankly, who has the time to get the recommended seven-to-nine hours of shut eye every night? And, while sleep is often touted as a simple solution to a lot of problems, it’s important to get the right amount. "You need sleep to help your brain work the way it should, but too much can make you feel foggy, too," WebMD noted. "To get good rest at bedtime, you may want to avoid caffeine and alcohol after lunch and keep the computer and smartphone out of your bedroom. It also can help to get to bed and wake up at the same time every day."

If you’re lactose or gluten intolerant, but you’re still eating an all-pizza diet, you could be suffering from brain fog as a result of ignoring your food sensitivities. "Foods that contain gluten can cause unusual reactions in the brains of those with gluten sensitivities," Dr. Lam’s blog explained. "Gluten is a protein found in many grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. Any type of food allergy can disrupt the sensitive balance of hormones and chemicals in our brains." If you can’t find any other cause for your brain fog, it might be time to get tested for food allergies so you can learn how to manage your triggers.

While self-care is important for everyone, it’s particularly vital for people who suffer from chronic health conditions such as migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and auto-immune disorders, according to Medical News Today. If you’ve ever been in extreme pain, then you know it can be difficult to think about anything other than getting the pain to stop. If you have a chronic health condition, it’s important to make sure you’re doing extra things to take care of yourself to ensure you don’t get too run down and invite in the dreaded brain fog. It’s OK to decline invitations ‘ as a chronic migraine sufferer, I do it all the time. Get a massage, meditate, enjoy a nice meal, take a nap, or do whatever self-care looks like for you to help keep your head clear.

Just like sleep, water is another thing that can cure a lot of ailments, including brain fog. "Dehydration may be the top cause of brain fog. It vies for the number one spot with processed foods. When your brain does not have enough fluids, the neurons are not able to fire as efficiently and certain processes are simply shut down," the website Developing Human Brain explained. OK, I will admit I have real trouble drinking enough water. One of the things that’s helped me drink more water is using a water bottle with a built-in straw. If you’re someone who doesn’t normally suffer from brain fog or headaches, and you start to feel foggy, you might be dehydrated. Want to feel better? Just add water. Yeah, as a human you’re pretty much just a house plant that has to pay bills.

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The confusing phenomena of post-finals stress
on 08th of Apr 2018 Throughout the tireless slog of finals week, nothing sounds better than the idea of relaxing and doing nothing during spring break. Students look for any excuse to distract themselves from their studies ‘ they count the minutes until their last finals

9 Brain Fog Remedies That Are Actually Backed Up By Science
(Apr 2018) If you’re not sure what brain fog is, Dr. Michael Lam’s blog describes it as, “A feeling of mental confusion . It’s as if there is a . If you have anxiety, brain fog can be an unwelcome side effect of an already debilitating condition.

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